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United States and Ghana Commission Air Quality Monitoring Stations

These monitoring stations help scientists, researchers, government officials and the public understand real-time data

ACCRA, Ghana, October 14, 2021 / APO Group / –

Today, US Ambassador Stephanie S. Sullivan inaugurated an air quality monitoring station on the grounds of the US Embassy in Cantonments, Accra, with the Hon. Henry Kwabena Kokofu, Executive Director of EPA Ghana representing the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI); Professor Sandow Mark Yidana, Dean, School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, University of Ghana; and other senior officials. It is the third of three air monitoring stations in Accra. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ghana, with support from the World Bank’s Environmental Health and Pollution Management Project, has installed two other state-of-the-art air quality monitoring systems, one at the University of Ghana in Legon and the other at the Saint-Joseph Catholic Primary School in Adabraka. Today’s event serves to commission the three monitoring stations.

“These monitoring stations help scientists, researchers, government officials and the public understand real-time data as we work together to identify and mitigate sources of harmful air pollution. Air pollution, like the climate crisis, threatens our health and prosperity. We are pleased to be working today with our partners to share information that can lead to solutions, ”said US Ambassador Stephanie S. Sullivan.

The collaboration between the United States Embassy in Accra, EPA Ghana, University of Ghana, United States Environmental Protection Agency, World Bank Group and other partners to establish three stations Air Quality Monitoring Center in Accra will provide updated data on air pollution in the Accra metropolitan area.

All three monitors measure carbon black PM2.5 (a component of PM2.5) as well as weather data, such as temperature, relative humidity, pressure, wind speed and direction. Particle monitors, carbon black analyzers and weather stations will continuously provide high quality data. Data from the U.S. Embassy Accra Air Quality Monitoring Station is available online at https://www.airnow.gov/international/us-embassies-and- consulates / # Ghana $ Accra.

Data from the three monitoring stations will allow government agencies to inform the public about the current level of air quality and what actions the public can take to reduce exposure to pollution. This data can also help the Ghana EPA and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly formulate strategies, policies and decisions to reduce air pollution and improve public health. Additionally, station data will be made available to scientists, academics and students for educational and research purposes.

These stations complement the air quality management plan for the Greater Accra metropolitan area launched in 2018.

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